Somalia: US Airstrike in Southern Somalia kills 1 militant

81 Al-Shabaab fighters killed in Jilib, Somalia

81 Al-Shabaab fighters killed in Jilib, Somalia

The strike targeting al-Shabab occurred at approximately 3 p.m. local time in the Bay Region, about 100 miles west of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

In Somalia, 81 al-Shabaab militants have been killed in Jilib province in two separate operations by government forces.

The two different operations were carried out by the Somalian forces and global partners, the Anadolu Agency quoted Information Minister Abdurahman Osman as saying.

"U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats", the press release added.

The U.S. military says it has carried out 22 airstrikes this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the smaller Islamic State group presence in Somalia after the Trump administration approved expanded military efforts.

Earlier this month the US military carried out its first airstrikes in Somalia against ISIS, which is a small but growing presence in the northern part of the Horn of Africa nation.

Al Shabaab has joined Al Qaeda in 2012, and invited foreign jihadists in Somalia to fight against the UN-backed Federal government protected by African Union forces (AMISOM).

"The latest strikes in Somalia are yet another sign of the Trump Administration's bellicose expansion of the United States drone strike programme and follow reports that Trump has loosened rules on lethal strikes across the globe", Alex Moorehead, worldwide legal expert at Columbia Law School. said.

Friday's airstrike was the 23rd the US military has carried out this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the far smaller Islamic State group in Somalia. It was Somalia's worst-ever attack and one of the world's deadliest in years.

Earlier in October, more than 300 people were killed in the massive twin truck bombings in Somalia's capital. The Oct. 14 attack could be an indication of the power the extremist group still wields over the Horn of Africa nation.

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